Racial Justice

Statement on Stockley Verdict

We believe that the verdict finding ex-police officer Jason Stockley not guilty of murder is another troubling sign of injustice and racial divide in our community.  Women’s Voices will continue to stand with those who have been unfairly treated by the justice system.  We recognize and support the rights of people to voice their frustration and anger and urge law enforcement officials to respect this fundamental right.  We have seen too much violence in recent years and hope that the demonstrations do not result in injury to people or damage to property.

After Charlottesville: Responding to Hate and Racial Divisiveness 

The Southern Poverty Law Center website has an excellent guide, “10 Ways to Fight Hate”.  Take a look, you’ll find many good suggestions!  Click here for the guide.

Standing In Solidarity With The Peaceful Demonstrators in Charlottesville

Statement August 13, 2017

Members of Women’s Voices Raised for Social Justice stand in solidarity with the peaceful demonstrators in Charlottesville, VA, who gathered on Aug. 12 to oppose the hate-filled rhetoric and actions of a group of white supremacists.  Racism and anti-Semitism continue to plague our country and all too frequently lead to violence and acts of destruction.  We stand with people of good will in every community and we pledge to continue our work for racial justice and understanding of this shameful legacy and its effects in our country.  


 Our Mission Following Ferguson Commission

Ferguson, protests, body camera videos, cell phone videos, and social media have opened our eyes in a new way to the racial injustice in our community and in the nation as a whole.  Women’s Voices has always promoted racial justice, but now is the time to double down on our efforts in response to the Ferguson Commission’s call for action.

Women’s Voices has responded by forming the Racial Justice Committee.  This Committee will follow the Women’s Voices’ mission of education and advocacy. To educate, we will read about and discuss racial justice issues through a series of book discussions, both on-line and in-person.  A book will be chosen for discussion every other month. To advocate, we will work to support legislation that will improve the lives of those who have suffered so much injustice. For more information about the Committee email advocacy@womensvoicesraised.org

Book Club: Raising Awareness of Racial Justice

Every other month, a high quality, carefully vetted book focusing on racial justice issues will be selected for participants to read and discuss. There will be a discussion of each book prior to our monthly programs (Sept-May) from 5:30-6:30.  During the summer discussions will be held at the University City Library.   For more information click here.

Study Shows Average Black Family Would Need 228 Years to Build the Wealth of a White Family.

An article about the study in The Nation notes, “Just as past public policies created the racial wealth gap, current policy widens it.”

From the article: It took 400 years of slavery, segregation, and institutionalized discrimination in the labor and housing markets to build the wealth gap that we see today. For example, by the time the Fair Housing Act made discrimination in housing illegal in 1968, people of color had missed out on decades of robust growth in the housing markets (and much of the next generation missed out on that wealth building in the 20 years it took to fully implement the law). “The racial wealth divide is how the past shows up in the present,” Chuck Collins tells The Nation.

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